Sparrow Records


Sparrow Records

Infobox record label
name = Sparrow Records


image_bg =
parent = EMI CMG
founded = 1976
founder = Billy Ray Hearn
defunct =
distributor =
genre = Worship, Christian, Rock, Rap, Gospel, R&B
country = USA
location =
url = [http://www.sparrowrecords.com/ sparrowrecords.com]

Sparrow Records is a popular Christian music record label; a division of EMI. Sparrow Records was founded in 1976 by Billy Ray Hearn, then A&R director at Myrrh Records.cite book |last=Mount |first=Daniel J. |authorlink=User:Daniel J. Mount |title=A City on a Hilltop? The History of Contemporary Christian Music |year=2005 |url=http://www.danielmount.net/ccm.html |accessdate=2007-02-12 |pages=48 - 50, 53 ] Purchased by EMI in 1992, it is now part of the EMI Christian Music Group,cite book |last=Hendershot |first=Heather |title=Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture |year=2004 |publisher=University of Chicago Press |location=Chicago, Illinois |isbn=0-226-32679-9 |chapter=Why Should the Devil Have all the Good Music? Christian Music and the Secular Marketplace |pages=56 |quote= ] and has been named by Billboard Magazine as "America's Best Christian Music Record Label".Fact|date=March 2007 "Sparrow Records" immediately rose to significant prominence with the signing of singer, songwriter, Contemporary Christian musician and minister Keith Green. Within a year of his 1976 signing by Sparrow, Keith Green was the top selling Christian artist in America.

As of 2005, "Sparrow" features many of Contemporary Christian Music's popular and up-and-coming artists, including Starfield, Avalon, Matt Redman, Steven Curtis Chapman, Switchfoot, and ZOEgirl. Since 1996, another popular production of Sparrow Records is the annual "WOW Worship" series, which is an annual compilation of the greatest hits in Worship music, and can be seen and purchased in practically any popular music store. This series, once only focused on worship music, now also includes compilations of Christian hits in Rock, Rap, Gospel, and R&B Music as well.

Sparrow Records Artists

References

parrow Projects

* WOW Worship Series

See also

* List of record labels
* Contemporary Christian Music

External links

* [http://www.sparrowrecords.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.emicmg.com/ EMI Christian Music Group]


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